Here at OPM we are proud of our team, their qualities, skills and qualifications make them great at what they do every day – But it is their passion that makes them the best at what they do.

OPM are proud to share an interest and support the passion behind our people.

And so would like to share that passion with you ….

Our Personal Motivation James’s Passion

By James Tyson | Compliance Manager

Rugby is my passion


Sport in general has always been a passion of mine, especially rugby. Since I was very young all I can remember is heading off to Brantingham Park on a Sunday morning with my dad to play for Hull Ionians. I played at Ionians and my school team until I was around 13 when I was selected to join Leeds Tyke’s junior development squad. This was a squad of Elite players selected from trial days. I would now travel to the Tykes training ground in Kirkstall on Monday nights for a weights session and on-field session. I progressed to the junior academy and was retained on a contract. While everyone else enjoyed a summer break myself and two others were getting the 8:10am train from Brough to Leeds 4 days a week. At this point I think it’s fair to praise my parents who allowed this to happen. As a 13/14 year old with no money the travel was paid for by my parents.

As I progressed through the academy system, I played against other academies mainly that of, Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Sales Sharks, Worcester Warriors and even Scotland U18s.

I finished my school years in Otley at Prince Henry’s Grammar school which was part of an ACSE League – essentially a place where academy players can go to school and continuing training and playing at a high standard. At the same time, I was playing for Yorkshire County through the age groups.

In my final year, I had the chance to play for the A team which was the team just under the first team. This team played against other Premiership teams normally filled with first team players coming back from injury or squad players.

Leaving school, I signed another 2-year contract which after the first year I progressed into the first team. During this time, I was sent on loan to Wharfedale RUFC which is nestled in the Yorkshire Dales. During my time with the first team I appeared on Sky when Leeds Carnegie played in Middlesex 7s and again when they travelled to Pontypridd as part of a British and Irish Cup game. Unfortunately, I had to make this journey to south wales twice.

During the middle of my time with the first team I managed to tear the syndesmosis joint in my ankle resulting in around 4 months out of action. Which after leaving Leeds I ended up having operated on anyway. From here my rugby career was littered with injuries including 3 operations to my left ankle. This saw me side-lined for roughly 3 seasons.

But it’s not all bad, I am back playing at Wharfedale and managed to string around 25 games together. This is rather monumental as I don’t think I’ve played this many game in a row since I was around 12 years old. I’ve enjoyed being able to play again, even if it is in the middle of a blizzard (in March) or I come into work Monday morning battered and bruised.